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14th May '16 8:38:56 PM bwburke94
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* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' revealed a very similar backstory for [[spoiler: Sarah]], as was the case in ''The Perfect Spy'': [[spoiler: her]] father was a con man who ended up in prison after scamming some dangerous people. Even as an outcast high school student [[spoiler: she]] had become involved in these cons and used a number of fake identities, but following the father's arrest, [[spoiler: she]] was approached by the CIA whose extensive training resulted in the very different character in the show.

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* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' revealed a very similar backstory for [[spoiler: Sarah]], as was the case in ''The Perfect Spy'': [[spoiler: her]] her father was a con man who ended up in prison after scamming some dangerous people. Even as an outcast high school student [[spoiler: she]] she had become involved in these cons and used a number of fake identities, but following the father's arrest, [[spoiler: she]] she was approached by the CIA whose extensive training resulted in the very different character in the show.



** In "The Beast Below", when believes his only choice is to either lobotomize the titular Beast to spare it pain or release it, killing the popluace of London riding on it through space, he says he'll have to find a new name because after that, he won't be The Doctor anymore. This theme is revisited in "The Day of the Doctor" with [[spoiler: The War Doctor, a regneration between his Eight and Nine personas, who had to do things in The Time War that he couldn't continue calling himself The Doctor /spoiler]]

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** In "The Beast Below", when believes his only choice is to either lobotomize the titular Beast to spare it pain or release it, killing the popluace of London riding on it through space, he says he'll have to find a new name because after that, he won't be The Doctor anymore. This theme is revisited in "The Day of the Doctor" with [[spoiler: The the War Doctor, a regneration regeneration between his Eight Eighth and Nine Ninth personas, who had to do things in The the Time War that he couldn't continue calling himself The Doctor /spoiler]]Doctor.]]



** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', a repeated theme is Solid Snake's namelessness - villains accuse him of 'not having a name', and Snake implies as such when Meryl asks him for his real one. His desire to live a normal life is symbolised by him introducing himself as his real name, 'David', to Meryl/[[GayOption Otacon]] [[MultipleEndings depending on the ending you get]]. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen In the original draft]] of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', Otacon was to call Snake 'Dave' when the two of them were in private, but that was dropped for good, leading to the impression that Snake still thinks of himself as 'Solid Snake' and not as David. His [[spoiler: mother]] calls him David in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'', and according to the ''MGS Database'' [[spoiler: he has the people around him start to call him David after the game's events]].

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** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', a repeated theme is Solid Snake's namelessness - villains accuse him of 'not having a name', and Snake implies as such when Meryl asks him for his real one. His desire to live a normal life is symbolised by him introducing himself as his real name, 'David', David, to Meryl/[[GayOption Otacon]] [[MultipleEndings depending on the ending you get]]. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen In the original draft]] of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', Otacon was to call Snake 'Dave' when the two of them were in private, but that was dropped for good, leading to the impression that Snake still thinks of himself as 'Solid Snake' and not as David. His [[spoiler: [[spoiler:His mother]] calls him David in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'', and according to the ''MGS Database'' [[spoiler: he has the people around him start to call him David after the game's events]].
14th Apr '16 3:22:06 PM zeldafanjtl
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*** The ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries Arkham]]'' games ''seem'' to follow this as well; at the beginning of ''Arkham City'', Bruce Wayne is campaigning to have the prison closed, because he can't really do any open political activism as Batman. But the games very rarely depict Bruce Wayne outside of the batsuit.
24th Mar '16 5:02:01 AM jormis29
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** In ''TheYoungIndianaJonesChronicles'', Indy first puts on his trademark hat when he stops hanging back from danger and moves to challenge it head on.

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** In ''TheYoungIndianaJonesChronicles'', ''Series/TheYoungIndianaJonesChronicles'', Indy first puts on his trademark hat when he stops hanging back from danger and moves to challenge it head on.



* ElChapulinColorado has no secret nor civil identity, and in one episode is outright stated that Chapulín Colorado ''is'' his real and legal name. WordOfGod also says that he ditched any semblance of civil identity long time ago; he is El Chapulín Colorado full time. Because this is a HalfHourComedy AffectionateParody of superheroes, the implications are never explored.
* An episode of ''Series/CriminalMinds'' featured an con artist who began killing his marks because he started suffering breakdowns between his fake personas and his real identity at inopportune moments, causing him to make mistakes that the victims noticed.

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* ElChapulinColorado ''Series/ElChapulinColorado'' has no secret nor civil identity, and in one episode is outright stated that Chapulín Colorado ''is'' his real and legal name. WordOfGod also says that he ditched any semblance of civil identity long time ago; he is El Chapulín Colorado full time. Because this is a HalfHourComedy AffectionateParody of superheroes, the implications are never explored.
* An episode of ''Series/CriminalMinds'' featured an con artist ConArtist who began killing his marks because he started suffering breakdowns between his fake personas and his real identity at inopportune moments, causing him to make mistakes that the victims noticed.
17th Mar '16 1:17:47 PM FullmetalHeart20
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* In Miraculous Ladybug, Adrian says that his Chat Noir persona is more authentic than his repressed civilian self. So when Marinette says she prefers Adrian (the mask) to Chat (the real him), you can imagine the blow to his ego.
23rd Feb '16 5:18:15 AM EDP
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* ''Manga/KaitouSaintTail'' grew feelings for the detective pursuing her, but he was so obsessed with catching Saint Tail that Haneoka Meimi barely registered. In one episode, she gets so frustrated with him that she yells her secret identity in front of the whole class, and his response is "...what was that about Saint Tail?" This gets Meimi so frustrated that she jumps between wanting to give up the secret identity and just wanting to have nothing to do with him. Later, her identity finally begins to register with him, after a magic mirror that shows your TrueSelf displays Meimi instead of Saint Tail.

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* ''Manga/KaitouSaintTail'' grew feelings for the detective pursuing her, but he was so obsessed with catching Saint Tail that Haneoka Meimi barely registered. In one episode, she gets so frustrated with him that she yells her secret identity in front of the whole class, and his response is "...what was that about Saint Tail?" This gets Meimi so frustrated that she jumps between wanting to give up the secret identity and just wanting to have nothing to do with him. Later, her identity finally begins to register with him, after a magic mirror that shows your TrueSelf displays Meimi instead of Saint Tail. At least until he concludes they just look alike, as Saint Tail and Meimi Haneoka act ''completely'' different, with Meimi being shy but short tempered and Saint Tail the [[LargeHam largest ham in the series]].


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** In the manga version Minako's personality slowly changes during the run of ''Manga/CodenameSailorV'', becoming more serious and rather ruthless while sometimes changing back to the original. In the main series it's clear that Minako isn't the clumsy but well-meaning student she once was nor the legendary hero she is is seen as Sailor Venus but something in the middle... But it's still unclear ''what'', as [[StepfordSmiler she's extremely skilled at hiding her emotional pain]] behind a mask of ObfuscatingStupidity.
6th Feb '16 8:55:29 PM nombretomado
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* ElChapulinColorado has no secret nor civil identity, and in one episode is ouright stated that Chapulín Colorado ''is'' his real and legal name. WordOfGod also says that he ditched any semblance of civil identity long time ago; he is El Chapulín Colorado full time. Because this is a HalfHourComedy AffectionateParody of superheroes, the implications are never explored.

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* ElChapulinColorado has no secret nor civil identity, and in one episode is ouright outright stated that Chapulín Colorado ''is'' his real and legal name. WordOfGod also says that he ditched any semblance of civil identity long time ago; he is El Chapulín Colorado full time. Because this is a HalfHourComedy AffectionateParody of superheroes, the implications are never explored.



* Played with on ''{{Cheers}}'' when Norm starts a small housepainting business and hires three guys to be his workers. The workers end up being lazy slackers and Norm is too nice to yell at them or fire them. He creates an imaginary persona for himself, "Anton Kreitzer" a mean, dictatorial BadBoss who only communicates through phone or through Norm to to get his workers to stop slacking off. He goes so far as to rent an empty office and hiring a secretary for Kreitzer. When the workers get angry and try to confront Kreitzer about his harsh treatment they find the empty office. They come to the conclusion that Norm the nice guy was fake and that Kreitzer is the real identity!

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* Played with on ''{{Cheers}}'' ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' when Norm starts a small housepainting business and hires three guys to be his workers. The workers end up being lazy slackers and Norm is too nice to yell at them or fire them. He creates an imaginary persona for himself, "Anton Kreitzer" a mean, dictatorial BadBoss who only communicates through phone or through Norm to to get his workers to stop slacking off. He goes so far as to rent an empty office and hiring a secretary for Kreitzer. When the workers get angry and try to confront Kreitzer about his harsh treatment they find the empty office. They come to the conclusion that Norm the nice guy was fake and that Kreitzer is the real identity!
5th Feb '16 8:45:34 AM Rubber_Lotus
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** One [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]] (i.e. after UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, but before the [[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths Crisis]]) story featured Superman getting infected by a Kryptonian disease. The disease causes hallucinations comprised of two figures, similar to a GoodAngelBadAngel, one of whom thought he should accept it because death comes to us all, while the other one insisted he had a duty to fight it off. The defeatist appeared as an empty suit with glasses hovering above it, and the fighter as an empty Superman costume. Both referred to him as "Kal" and to each other as "Clark" and "Superman". At the end he wakes up, insisting he invented both of them, and [[TakeAThirdOption neither are real]].

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** One [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]] (i.e. after UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, but before the [[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths Crisis]]) story by AlanMoore featured Superman getting infected by a Kryptonian disease. The disease causes hallucinations comprised of two figures, similar to a GoodAngelBadAngel, one of whom thought he should accept it because death comes to us all, while the other one insisted he had a duty to fight it off. The defeatist appeared as an empty suit with glasses hovering above it, and the fighter as an empty Superman costume. Both referred to him as "Kal" and to each other as "Clark" and "Superman". At the end he wakes up, insisting he invented both of them, and [[TakeAThirdOption neither are real]].
28th Jan '16 3:17:11 PM Shadao
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* In the Franchise/StarWars saga, [[BigBad Darth Sidious]] wears a dark hood over his head to hide his identity as Senator/Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine from his Separatist conspirators. However, the real mask here is Palpatine, whose kind and noble appearance is merely public facade to hide his true nature until he wipes out the Jedi Order and turns the Republic into an Empire. From that point onwards, the newly proclaimed [[EvilOverlord Emperor]] discards his Palpatine persona completely and becomes Sidious in both thought and action, wearing his cloaked hood full time despite no longer having any reason to use it anymore. Creator/IanMcDiarmid states that [[WordOfGod Lucas]] wanted Senator Palpatine's appearance in the Film/ThePhantomMenace to appear the most artificial, with the implication that his post-Force Lighting face from Film/RevengeOfTheSith isn't really his disfigurement but rather his real face all this time.

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* In the Franchise/StarWars saga, [[BigBad Darth Sidious]] wears a dark hood over his head to hide his identity as Senator/Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine from his Separatist conspirators. However, the real mask here is Palpatine, whose kind and noble appearance is merely public facade to hide his true nature until he wipes out the Jedi Order and turns the Republic into an Empire. From that point onwards, the newly proclaimed [[EvilOverlord Emperor]] discards his Palpatine persona completely and becomes Sidious in both thought and action, wearing his cloaked hood full time despite no longer having any reason to use it anymore. Creator/IanMcDiarmid states that [[WordOfGod Lucas]] wanted Senator Palpatine's appearance face in the Film/ThePhantomMenace to appear the most artificial, with the implication that his post-Force Lighting Lightning face from Film/RevengeOfTheSith isn't really his disfigurement but rather his real face all this time.
28th Jan '16 3:15:59 PM Shadao
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* In the Franchise/StarWars saga, [[BigBad Darth Sidious]] wears a dark hood over his head to hide his identity as Senator/Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine from his Separatist conspirators. However, the real mask here is Palpatine, whose kind and noble face is merely public facade to hide his true nature until he wipes out the Jedi Order and turn the Republic into an Empire. From that point onwards, the newly proclaimed [[EvilOverlord Emperor]] discards his Palpatine persona completely and becomes Sidious in both thought and action, wearing his cloaked hood full time despite no longer having any reason to use it anymore. Creator/IanMcDiarmid states that [[WordOfGod Lucas]] wanted Senator Palpatine's appearance in the Film/ThePhantomMenace to appear the most artificial, with the implication that his post-Force Lighting face from Film/RevengeOfTheSith isn't really his disfigurement but rather his real face all this time.

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* In the Franchise/StarWars saga, [[BigBad Darth Sidious]] wears a dark hood over his head to hide his identity as Senator/Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine from his Separatist conspirators. However, the real mask here is Palpatine, whose kind and noble face appearance is merely public facade to hide his true nature until he wipes out the Jedi Order and turn turns the Republic into an Empire. From that point onwards, the newly proclaimed [[EvilOverlord Emperor]] discards his Palpatine persona completely and becomes Sidious in both thought and action, wearing his cloaked hood full time despite no longer having any reason to use it anymore. Creator/IanMcDiarmid states that [[WordOfGod Lucas]] wanted Senator Palpatine's appearance in the Film/ThePhantomMenace to appear the most artificial, with the implication that his post-Force Lighting face from Film/RevengeOfTheSith isn't really his disfigurement but rather his real face all this time.
28th Jan '16 3:14:30 PM Shadao
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* In the Franchise/StarWars saga, [[BigBad Darth Sidious]] wears a dark hood over his head to hide his identity as Senator/Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine from his Separatist conspirators. However, the real mask here is Palpatine, whose kind and noble face is merely public facade to hide his true nature until he wipes out the Jedi Order and turn the Republic into an Empire. From that point onwards, the newly proclaimed [[EvilOverlord Emperor Palpatine]] discards his public persona completely and become Sidious in both thought and action, wearing his cloaked hood full time despite no longer having the need to use it anymore. Creator/IanMcDiarmid states that [[WordOfGod Lucas]] wanted Senator Palpatine's appearance in the Film/ThePhantomMenace to appear the most artificial, with the implication that his post-Force Lighting face from Film/RevengeOfTheSith isn't really his disfigurement but rather his real face all this time.

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* In the Franchise/StarWars saga, [[BigBad Darth Sidious]] wears a dark hood over his head to hide his identity as Senator/Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine from his Separatist conspirators. However, the real mask here is Palpatine, whose kind and noble face is merely public facade to hide his true nature until he wipes out the Jedi Order and turn the Republic into an Empire. From that point onwards, the newly proclaimed [[EvilOverlord Emperor Palpatine]] Emperor]] discards his public Palpatine persona completely and become becomes Sidious in both thought and action, wearing his cloaked hood full time despite no longer having the need any reason to use it anymore. Creator/IanMcDiarmid states that [[WordOfGod Lucas]] wanted Senator Palpatine's appearance in the Film/ThePhantomMenace to appear the most artificial, with the implication that his post-Force Lighting face from Film/RevengeOfTheSith isn't really his disfigurement but rather his real face all this time.
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